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My friend Jim was best man at my wedding, but then our lives drifted inevitably apart. It was nothing negative—we just took different paths. But every time I run into him, our conversation takes off as if we’d seen each other the day before. I say “our conversation,” but Jim does most of the talking, but he’s entertaining and we have a lot of laughs. I ran into him today and the same thing happened, and after we parted, I asked myself just how long I’ve known him.

And then I did the math:

42 years.

Tick tock.

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anita_margarita
Oct. 16th, 2013 05:38 am (UTC)
*Nods*
I have been friends with Michele since sixth grade (1968). We only see each other two or three times a year, and we pick up exactly where we left off.
patrick_vecchio
Oct. 16th, 2013 11:02 am (UTC)
I saw a CD title the other day that said something like "You can't make old friends."
nodressrehersal
Oct. 16th, 2013 04:35 pm (UTC)
Tick tock, indeed. Sometimes I'll think, "Oh, that song isn't too old, it came out in...1995." Then, "Yikes, that's nearly 20 years ago!"
patrick_vecchio
Oct. 16th, 2013 09:09 pm (UTC)
Doing the math always is a shocker.
(Anonymous)
Oct. 16th, 2013 07:14 pm (UTC)
Same with me and the "Fredonia girls", although that has *only* been 38 years. We are now getting together a couple times a year, because of a southern drift in location by the others, and the same thing happens. Our mouths run and run and run, and we laugh and laugh and laugh. Great stuff - and rare. We are lucky.
patrick_vecchio
Oct. 16th, 2013 09:15 pm (UTC)
It's cool you can do it with a group of friends. I could set up a breakfast here in Olean with a bunch of OHS class of '72 folks, but I only know where two of my Fredonia friends are. However, on Sunday, a guy who was at Fredonia when I was there was in Dunkin' Doughnuts with another guy who was at Fredonia when I was there. I don't remember them from college, though. The second guy was telling me I used to write a dorm newspaper as a freshman (which I can't remember—the newspaper, that is), and he told me that after a particularly wild party, I wrote about how we (him quoting me) "tested the aerodynamic properties of a lounge chair." Which I also don't remember writing, but I'll take credit for it.
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